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Saint-Martial church
Saint-Martial church
Coat of arms of Assas
Coat of arms
Assas is located in France
Coordinates: 43°42′10″N 3°54′00″E / 43.7028°N 3.9°E / 43.7028; 3.9Coordinates: 43°42′10″N 3°54′00″E / 43.7028°N 3.9°E / 43.7028; 3.9
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Hérault
Arrondissement Lodève
Canton Saint-Gély-du-Fesc
Intercommunality Pic-Saint-Loup
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jacques Graut
Area1 19.11 km2 (7.38 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 1,527
 • Density 80/km2 (210/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 34014 /34820
Elevation 59–164 m (194–538 ft)
(avg. 85 m or 279 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Assas is a commune in the Hérault department in southern France.


Located just north of Montpellier, Assas lies near Saint-Vincent de Barbeyrargues, Guzargues, Clapiers, Jacou, Castries and Teyran. The region near Assas is primarily scrubland, but it is watered by a number of streams and brooks and has a small wooded area that produces mushrooms in the fall.

The village of Assas is organized around the Château d'Assas, located on a hill overlooking the small but quaint old village.



Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 352 —    
1968 352 +0.0%
1975 506 +43.8%
1982 815 +61.1%
1990 992 +21.7%
1999 1,305 +31.6%
2008 1,527 +17.0%

The inhabitants are called Assadins.


The region containing Assas is a productive wine-making area, and has the appellation Grès de Montpellier. This is part of the AOC Coteaux du Languedoc designation.


  • Château d'Assas, an 18th-century folie montpellierraine, designed by the architect Jean-Antoine Giral (1700–1787), was built in 1759/1760 on the ruins of a feudal castle. It is a private residence, but can be toured either by appointment or on national holidays. A historic 18th century harpsichord is preserved in the Château, a favoured instrument of harpsichordist Scott Ross (1951–1989), who died in Assas. At the beginning of the 1920s, Sir Patrick Geddes (born Ballater, Scotland 2 October 1854, died Montpellier, France 17 April 1932), the Scottish botanist, bought the Château d'Assas to set up a centre for urban studies, as an extension of the Collège des Ecossais which he founded in Montpellier in 1890.
    The château was used as a set in the filming of La Belle Noiseuse, a film by Jacques Rivette (1991).
  • A church of the 11th or 12th century, completely restored at the beginning of the 21st century.
  • Remains of the 10th or 11th century fortifications.
  • Old village.

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